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Kansas Lt. Governor Taps Child Welfare Veteran To Replace Embattled DCF Secretary

Updated Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to include new information. Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer’s nominee to lead the state child welfare agency said Wednesday that she plans to review it from the top down.

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For the first time in its annual survey of rural America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that mortality rates of working-age adults are on the rise because of opioid and heroin overdoses.

Continuing longtime trends, rural areas are still seeing declining populations, the rebound from the Great Recession is slow and poverty remains a persistent problem, according to the USDA’s “Rural America at a Glance,” released Thursday.

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Demonstrators held a protest in Wichita on Saturday against a proposal to bring a Tyson poultry complex to Sedgwick County.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

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The 2017 Kansas election is in the books as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday.

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Wichita’s police chief wants the state Legislature to clarify laws on video taken by officers with body-worn cameras.

In an eight-minute video posted on the Wichita Police Department social media channels this week, Chief Gordon Ramsay talks about transparency issues and the use of body-cam video. He says he supports the use of body cams but does not think the video should be available to anyone who asks for it.

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The cost of protesting at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka is increasing sometimes substantially.

Currently, Kansas charges $20 for any event at the Capitol. But beginning Jan. 1, it will charge based on the size of the event and other factors. The lowest price will be $50 for events that require no setup or cleanup.

The Kansas City Star reports factors increasing the price will include if groups require a podium, access to the public address system or tables and chairs.

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A.J. Croce has been releasing albums to critical acclaim since the early 1990s. With songs that are steeped in the American traditions of New Orleans, deep blues as well as folk and pop, he has carved a unique space for himself in the musical landscape. Born to singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce in 1971, the musician had shied away from performing his father’s music until recently.

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Film icon Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up to act in hundreds of movie and television roles, from the mid-1950s until his death in 2010. He also directed a handful of movies, including "Easy Rider," often regarded as the first true independent American film. 

A new documentary called "Along for the Ride" looks at Hopper's career through the eyes of his friend and "right-hand man" for more than four decades, Satya de la Manitou. KMUW's Fletcher Powell spoke with de la Manitou and the documentary's director, Nick Ebeling.

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One out of four people in Kansas have a mental illness, and the latest estimates show that 13 percent aren’t receiving treatment. A grassroots mental illness organization is trying to change that.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers will meet Friday to certify the results of a recount in last week's  mayoral race in Haysville. According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandy Gritz, the two opponents were separated by only 19 votes.

"The recount board met and located all the ballots that were cast in that race and did a hand recount of those ballots," Gritz said. "An independent verification of the hand recount found that the election results, as reported officially after the county canvass, matched the recount results exactly."

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Why Not Buy Art? | An Artist's Perspective

Tomorrow begins the holiday season. I wish you all the best. You will be buying gifts. Why not buy art?

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Saturday, November 25

The Greatest Gift is a collection outtakes, mixes and demos surrounding Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed Carrie and Lowell album. Listen for selections from that as well as White Boy and the Average Rat Band’s 1979 self-titled debut, which has just been reissued.

Monday, November 27

We celebrate the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, born on this date 1942. Listen for selections from him with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as well as Band of Gypsys plus a variety of covers.

Monday, November 27

Global Village highlights some Latin soul, funk, and boogaloo sounds this time – including the Joe Cuba boogaloo hit, “Bang Bang,” Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, and contemporary Latin soul bands Buyepongo, Palo!, and Money Chicha.

Tuesday, November 28

Global Village marks Panama’s Independence or National Day (marking the country’s independence from Spain in 1821) with traditional, soul, cumbia, and jazz-inspired music from Panamanian artists – including Danilo Perez, Papi Brandao, the Exciters, the Silvertones, Los Caballeros de Colon and more.

Wednesday, November 29

Global Village highlights vintage and contemporary ska and roots reggae – including music from the legendary ska band, the Skatalites, and also from Skatalites band members Jackie Mittoo and Rico Rodriguez (as part of Jazz Jamaica). And there’s roots reggae revivalists Ziggy Marley (with brother Stephen Marley), Jamaica’s Raging Fyah (with Jesse Royal), and Baltimore’s Jah Works.

Thursday, November 30

Global Village wraps up the November New Euro Folk feature with music from Portugal, including famed fado singer Mariza, award winning Portuguese Guitar player Custodio Castelo, singer-songwriter Lula Pena, concertina quartet Danças Ocultas, and Portuguese klezmer group Melech Mechaya. Plus new music from other European folk inspired artists – Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa with Italian singer Maria Mazzotta, Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero and the Breton group ‘Ndiaz.

Saturday, November 25

This week it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. Easily Amused was formed by Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureaux and recorded at the former Line Sight Gallery in Wichita.  

Sunday, November 26

Coming up on Soulsations, a brand new release from MF Robots, which stands for Music for Robots.  The song is called "Believe In Love." About the song the band says, "Everyone could definitely use a little more of this right now, so 'Believe In Love' spread it around and let's bring the positive vibes out."

Monday 11.20.17

It’s a coolsome twosome tonight on the Night Train with two of the best of the cool jazz singers, the November feature on the show. It’s the birthday of June Christy and Night Train will highlight music from her with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and on popular albums under her own name. The show also features music of Chet Baker, whose early recordings epitomized the male cool jazz vocal style.  We’ll hear music from Baker, Baker tribute albums from Luciana Souza, John Proulx and June Bisantz, and in the second hour, a special with more music from Baker and a conversation with his biographer, James Gavin.

Tuesday 11.21.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday Dr. John. The show focuses on the jazz side of the Crescent City legend, including albums he did in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, a guest appearance with Hank Crawford, and his work as part of the Bluesiana Triangle with David “Fathead” Newman and Art Blakey – plus a Dr. John Special in hour two of the show. Plus music from Coleman Hawkins for his birthday and the latest from singer Barbara Morrison, saxophonist Vincent Herring, and guitarist George Freeman.

Wednesday 11.22.17

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, singer and film star Hoagy Carmichael with songs from him and covers of his classics from Luciana Souza, Rahsaan Barber, and Brianna Thomas – plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Thursday 11.23.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Thanksgiving with a menu packed with musical goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts.

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Protesters Rally In Wichita Against Tyson Project

Demonstrators held a protest in Wichita on Saturday against a proposal to bring a Tyson poultry complex to Sedgwick County.

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